From the field: postcards from the Edge! (Well, Stanage Edge actually)

Here is the latest installment from Frances, our Fieldworker:

The last few months have been very busy at Live & Local, what with the show season coming to an end and receiving show requests for next year. Whilst John’s been very busy sorting out the jigsaw puzzle that is next years programming I seem to have spent much of the last few weeks reminding people to put their show requests in and offering advice on the choices available. I hadn’t realised when I started at Live & Local just how cyclical the work would be, but still each month brings something new to do, always new skills to learn – there’s never a dull moment.

One of my favourite parts of this job is recruiting new venues to join the network – something I really enjoy doing as it involves getting out and about and visiting many of the fantastic places in Derbyshire and Staffordshire. I also get to meet lots of lovely people who all seem really pleased that I’m there – I even managed a picnic whilst in Castleton near Stanage Edge, on one of the only lovely sunny days we’ve had this year, what a wonderful job I’ve got! I’m really pleased to welcome new recruits, Chesterfield Studios, St Johns Church Long Eaton, Netherseal St Peter’s Sports and Social Club and Wormhill Village Hall. If anybody knows any venues or groups who might also be interested in joining the Live & Local network, particularly in High Peak, Bolsover or Staffordshire Moorlands, please get in touch with me at

As the show season has now ended my thoughts turn to what I’ve seen, for me the highlights were definitely the storytellers Hugh Lupton and The Devil’s Violin Company. I’m a theatre goer, I love drama particularly Shakespeare so storytelling was a new experience for me and I loved it. The storytellers both had me in the palm of their hands the whole evening and managed to transport me, in the case of Hugh Lupton, to Anglo Saxon England at the world of Beowulf, and to Scheherazade’s Arabian Nights in the case of The Devil’s Violin Company. It’s not often you get to watch something that sends a shiver down your spine, and makes your hair stand on end, but both artists managed to do just that. Two truly memorable evenings out, of many I’ve had this year at Live & Local.

As I am fairly new to blogging, I asked my teenage daughters for their thoughts on the matter. They weren’t terribly helpful, my eldest told me to add a comedy cat photo as everyone does that in blogs apparently. I scoffed, but as luck would have it my cat suddenly appeared and sat on my keyboard whilst I was writing (I work from home), so to appease my daughter, and maybe make you smile, I shall finish with that!

Cat on a keyboard!
Cat on a keyboard!

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